RESESS - Returning Intern

UNAVCO, Inc. - Boulder, CO

Full-timeEstimated: $34,000 - $47,000 a year
UNAVCO, a non-profit membership-governed consortium, facilitates geoscience research and education using geodesy. Learn about UNAVCO on YouTube.

RESESS is an undergraduate internship and support program in the Earth sciences based at UNAVCO in Boulder, Colorado, that is dedicated to increasing diversity and inclusion in the geosciences. The goal of the RESESS internship program is to increase the number of students from groups that are underrepresented in the geosciences.

RESESS encourages applications from students who are members of historically underrepresented groups in the Earth sciences, including students from cultural/racial minorities, non-traditional students, and students with disabilities.

We introduce students to scientific research, prepare students for graduate school or industry careers in Earth science, and provide support and mentoring as students build skills and confidence. Students participate in an authentic research experiences and are encouraged to consider careers in geoscience, whether that is in research, teaching, or industry. Students can participate up to two years, depending on when they enter the program.

Position Overview

This position is full-time, non-exempt, and based in the continental United States from May 18 – July 31, 2020
Stipend for 11 weeks
Round trip airfare to internship location is included at no cost
A flat-rate housing stipend is provided at no cost
An impactful research experience in the geosciences
Scientific writing and professional development courses
Opportunity to participate in a funded national science meeting

Position Description

Interns must commit to participating in all 11 weeks of the program. Interns are responsible for active engagement in all aspects of the program to ensure they meet individual and program objectives in research, project deliverables, cohort activities, and oral and written presentations.

Essential Job Functions

Engage in original scientific research at partnering universities or research institutions as assigned. All interns will follow the guidance of their science and project mentors.

Writing and Presentations
Participate in weekly scientific writing and communication workshops, including preparation and presentation of weekly assignments

Prepare a final oral presentation, submit an abstract, write a research paper, and develop a scientific poster by the conclusion of the summer program

Seminars and Field Trips
Participate in seminars and field trips

If eligible, attend a funded trip to a national scientific conference to present their research related to RESESS

Develop oral presentations and poster presentations and represent the RESESS internship and UNAVCO

Participate in RESESS outreach initiatives

Professional Development and Community Awareness
As part of a diverse community working and living together, interns will learn how to communicate in a professional manner and to contribute positively to their communities

Other duties as assigned

Team Support
Participate on cross-functional teams

Working Relationships


Work in conjunction with RESESS, UNAVCO team members, and other UNAVCO internship programs to plan and complete assignments


Work in conjunction with community members to plan and complete assignments


Interacts effectively with various UNAVCO staff to ensure the completion of assigned responsibilities. Does not have a supervisory responsibility.

Required Skills
Good oral and written communication skills
Good interpersonal skills to interface with RESESS, UNAVCO staff, peers, and community members
Good problem-solving skills and the ability to analyze data and interpret data
Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple priorities
Strong work ethic and integrity
Strong orientation to collaboration and teamwork
Ability to work full-time in or near Boulder, CO for the entire summer program
United States citizen or permanent resident status

UNAVCO Core Competencies

Accountability and Responsibility
Relationship Building
Skilled Problem Solver
Customer Focus
Strategic Thinking

Physical Work Demands

Ability to sit and/or stand to work at a computer for extended periods of time
Ability to move about a typical office and outdoor work/research environment on a daily basis
Ability to lift and move up to 25 pounds occasionally

Mental Work Demands

Regular and on-time attendance
Ability to understand complex problems and to collaborate and explore alternative solutions
Occasional travel by conventional means including aircraft, motor vehicle and the like

Note: To perform this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of knowledge, skill, and/or ability required and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with this position.

Required Experience
Minimum of one year of participation in the RESESS program
Currently in good standing with the RESESS program
High school diploma
Currently enrolled in an undergraduate program with a major in Earth or environmental sciences or related field with one semester of college remaining after their first summer as a RESESS intern
Basic knowledge of the Earth and/or environmental sciences
Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

Preferred Experience

Completed the equivalent of at least two years of college
Basic research or data analysis experience
Proficiency or ability to gain proficiency with the following systems:
MS Office/Mac desktop applications
Scientific computing tools and programs


To apply to RESESS, you must fill out the online application (see below). To apply to RESESS as a first-year intern, you must fill out the RESESS Intern – First-Year application. Note that you cannot go back and edit your answers or document once submitted.

**Do not upload a resume or CV. When prompted, select " Proceed without resume/CV."**

The application has many steps, each with several questions:
a) On the first page, you do not need to upload a resume or CV. Select " Proceed without resume/CV ".
b) In Step 2, for questions about the job type and career level, select "intern" or "internship". You do not need to answer the questions about relevant work experience or desired salary.
c) In Step 3, you do not need to answer the questions about additional countries in which you are authorized to work or security clearance.
d) In Step 6, do not upload your résumé. Instead, please upload a single PDF containing all of your college transcripts (unofficial copies are accepted).
e) Step 7 includes the questions that are particular to the RESESS program. You must provide a short essay response to each of these questions (max 200 words per essay). The essay questions for first year interns are listed below.
f)In Step 8, you will not need to answer any of the questions.
You will need to provide a copy of college transcripts to the RESESS program before the application deadline, for all colleges that you have attended. Please upload the single PDF of your transcripts in Step 6.
Complete the application by February 1, 2020 11:59 p.m., Mountain Time.
If you are notified that you are a finalist by February 9, 2020, you will need two letters of recommendation from college faculty members or research advisors to be emailed directly to no later than February 23, 2020. See the FAQ with tips on who to choose for references.
Direct your references to the web page with instructions on how to submit a letter of recommendation.

UNAVCO is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer

The application deadline is February 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., Mountain Time.